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10 November . 2021

Our holiday events guide for Georgetown, Round Rock and Austin festivities near Rancho Sienna

Get ready for the holidays with our guide to festive events all around Rancho Sienna. We’ve wrapped up our favorites along with a few new traditions, so you won’t miss a chance to celebrate.

Georgetown’s Annual Lighting of the Square

Georgetown’s historic downtown plaza is “the most beautiful town square in Texas,” and it becomes even more beautiful during the holidays, with twinkling lights around the courthouse and throughout the quaint walkable downtown, filled with unique stores, galleries, restaurants and drinkeries. Don’t miss the annual Lighting of the Square on Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving. The festivities traditionally start at 5:30 p.m. If you miss the lighting event, you can enjoy this beautiful display through Jan. 1.

Georgetown’s Christmas Stroll

Georgetown’s 40th Annual Christmas Stroll happens Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4. The Friday night festivities are from 5-9 p.m., with extended hours for downtown’s unique shops and boutiques, plus more than 150 artisan, craft, clothing and jewelry vendors. Friday also features Dessert with the Grinch and Kettle Korn for Kids. On Saturday morning, the parade starts at 10 a.m., followed by photos with Santa starting at noon. Both days, you can enjoy two stages of live entertainment, Bethlehem Village, a Human Snowglobe and much more.

Light Up the Lake

Start a new tradition with Round Rock’s  Light Up the Lake event from Dec. 2-4 at Old Settlers Park. This glowing event will feature spectacular giant balloons hovering over the lake, an incredible light show and live music. This free event will also have holiday displays, artisan vendors, family activities, and holiday food and refreshments. For more holiday fun in Round Rock, don’t miss the final Round Rock Market Days of the year on Sat., Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a holiday market plenty of handmade gifts and fresh foods for your holiday meals.

Holiday Concert & PopUp Art Show

On Saturday, Dec. 18, Round Rock has two opportunities for you to get into the holiday spirit and do some last-minute shopping for unique handmade gifts. The PopUp Art Show takes places from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prete Plaza, with more than 12 local and regional artists offering demos and selling their work. Later that day, Sounds of the Season is a free and festive evening of vocal and instrumental music, featuring the Round Rock Community Choir, Round Rock Youth Choir, and Council Oak Bells. Join in for the sing-along portion of the concert and celebrate the season together! It takes place at First United Methodist Church in Round Rock.

Cedar Park Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

On Friday, Dec. 3, Cedar Park will light up its 400-year-old Heritage Oak with more than 30,000 lights. The Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s Workshop will feature a snow hill, playing areas, live music performances, games and prizes, and photos with Santa. There will also a Yule fire, inflatables, and arts and crafts projects. Admission is free, with food concessions available for purchase.

Leander’s Old Town Christmas Festival

Leander’s Old Town Christmas Festival is an all-day event on Saturday, Dec. 4, taking place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Activities include the Old Town Rudolph Run, a 5K fun run through the streets of Old Town Leander. The Christmas Marketplace features holiday vendors, children’s activities and live music and theater productions. The festive finale will be the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Movie in the Park, featuring “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” along with S’mores and hot chocolate.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

On Dec. 10, The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical will play at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. This live performance is a thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.

Liberty Hill Christmas Festival

On Sat., Dec. 11, the Liberty Hill Christmas Festival is a joyous event in downtown LHTX where guests can shop, eat and enjoy music during the day, while the kids ice skate, play in real snow, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. In the evening, gather along Loop 332 for the lighted Christmas parade. Floats from the community provide the magic and sparkle, and the families stationed along the street provide the child-like wonder as everyone oohs and aahs as each float passes.

Greater Austin

The Trail of Lights, Austin’s brightest holiday tradition, takes place in Zilker Park from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. Now in its 57th year, this event features 2 million twinkling lights and 40 unique light displays, including the famous light tunnel. There’s also live music, community performances, food and festivities on every evening.

Luminations is a festive outdoor event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. From Dec. 2 through Jan. 30, you can stroll through a winter wonderland with thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia.

From Dec. 17-19, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar will introduce a new rendition of an Austin tradition, with the event taking place outside of the Palmer Events Center downtown. This Austin holiday shopping staple features curated local and touring artists and makers, live music and local food. Attendees will find gifts in all price ranges as well as fine art for their collections.

Holiday events at The Long Center include a traditional ballet performance of “The Nutcracker,” and “Graham Reynolds Ruins the Holidays” showcases this Austin composer and bandleader wreaking musical havoc with an explosive set of holiday favorites. Other holiday highlights include “The Precious Present – In Love & Light” by the Tapestry Dance. Check out the calendar for dates and ticket information.